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CANADA STOCKS-Canadian stocks open stronger as Middle East tensions recede

Jan 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose at the open on Tuesday as tensions receded over a standoff between the United States and Iran, following an absence of escalation by either side.

* At 9:30 a.m. ET (1430 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 4.8 points, or 0.03%, at 17,110.27. (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)